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A new analysis of newly collected data about people killed in police encounters confirms that more African-Americans are killed in every region of the country, and in most states, than should be expected by chance alone.
IAEA inspectors have yet to find any indication that Iran has -- or ever had -- a nuclear weapons program." The inspectors were on the ground for three freaking years. They interviewed everyone and went wherever they wanted. They searched every cave and hideaway, every nook and cranny, and they found nothing. Get it? No nukes, not now, not ever. Period.
The "When" of elections of the Honored Advisory Houses. The "round the clock" nature of American Direct Democracy Governance. Monetary Compensation for the "Honored Volunteer Advisory Seat Holders". Procedures for the arrests of Honored Advisers that have fallen from Honor. Substitution procedures for the arrested.
Several U.S. Senators and Representatives have introduced the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, Senate bill S 683 and House bill HR 1538. The CARERS Act would allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have already passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution.
The Religious Right, and their misunderstanding that America is a 'Christian' Nation
The malls may be open for business, the baseball stadiums may be packed, and the news anchors may be twittering nonsense about the latest celebrity foofa, but those are just distractions from what is really taking place: the transformation of America into a battlefield.
We don't yet know what is in TPP because it is still secret and will remain so until shortly before the fast track process requires Congress to vote. The President says to trust him, it will be great and "progressive" and create lots of jobs and expand the economy. Great. But the history on our trade deals has been very bad -- especially those passed using fast track.
The recent uptick on police violence against unarmed black men, with frequently lethal consequences, is more than a minor comment on the state of race relations today. Could it be that having a black man (and he's just as white as he is black) in the White House was enough to unearth the dark, bigoted underbelly of so many nascent racists in America?
How about a little retrospective evaluation by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, AP and Reuters to make better judgments about providing balanced news the next time around. As for the "fair and balanced" Fox News -- well, what do you expect? Some of the mainstream media RSVP'd to attend this conference, but they did not show up or write anything about it before or after.
Last year's U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine -- followed by violence and tensions -- has soured plans for the May 9 commemoration in Moscow of World War II's V-E Day, the Allied defeat of Nazi Germany, a war which cost the Russian people nearly 27 million dead, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern describes.
CBS News' anchor Scott Pelley is known for his clueless journalism which never goes beyond Official Washington's "group think" -- and he was at it again in a dangerously provocative "60 Minutes" segment on the sarin gas attack near Damascus, Syria, in 2013, reports Robert Parry.
The Obama administration announced new fracking regulations to kick in June 24, which require the disclosure of chemicals in the hydraulic fracturing process. In reality, the regulations only provide short-term prevention of serious damage. We will be dancing to the joy of cheap oil prices until the wells are drilled dry -- as soon as five years -- and could be facing earthquakes and polluted ground water until then and after.
For organizations like the Shabab and Al-Qaeda, drones have proved to be the 21st century's most effective recruiting sergeants. Military occupation sows the seeds of its own destruction, and, while using drones and proxies may keep the American death count down, that strategy ultimately creates more enemies than it eliminates. In short, talking beats bombing and works better.
Beef outlawed; marital rape is still legal.
After a speech I gave this past weekend, a young woman asked me whether a failure by the United States to properly surround and intimidate China might result in instability. I explained why I thought the opposite was true. Imagine if China had military bases along the Canadian and Mexican borders with the United States and ships in Bermuda and the Bahamas, Nova Scotia and Vancouver. Would you feel stabilized?
"The Killing Fields" deals with the recent shooting deaths of unarmed deaths of young black men by police officers who are supposed to uphold the law and toe the line when it comes to meting out justice.
In Central America, the US administration is trying to win alliances by pledging $1 billion to boost security and economic development.
Did Ahmed Merabet die defending Charlie's freedom of speech?
Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company. Its purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time.
Leaks become far less serious, it seems, when they're pushed by top officials.